Sunny Point should be site of crossing

Letter to the editor

Posted: Monday, May 15, 2006

I appreciated Lori Nottingham's column (May 3) regarding using dredged material for the crossing. It is a subject I have been thinking about for some time.

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The paper revealed that funding for dredging Gastineau Channel had been dropped. That's OK with me; I don't think the timing's right yet. Recently, there was a display at the Mendenhall Mall with the proposed changes to the Sunny Point intersection. It showed a positive approach to a much needed improvement, with the cross traffic going under Egan Drive.

What I would really like to see is the Sunny Point location selected for the North Channel crossing with the Department of Transportation incorporating that into their design.

Since Egan Drive would have to be elevated, a massive amount of fill would be needed. Building the intersection and channel crossing with dredged material would be a win-win-win. After all, that's where the material for Egan Drive came from anyway!

Another thing I was thinking about is the bridge for boat traffic. Last year, I drove across the Chesapeake Bay Bridge, which incorporates 20-some miles of bridge with two 1-mile underground tunnels to accommodate ship traffic. While a bridge is certainly cheaper than a tunnel, I think the latter would go a long way to addressing some people's concerns and should, at least, be considered. Then, the dredging operation would add another win to the above list.

Skip Lundstrom

Juneau



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